Mountain High 

Jeff Galloway could be considered a running master of sorts. He was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team, and broke the U.S. 10-mile record for runners in 1973 by finishing a race in 47 minutes and 49 seconds. Then, in 1978, Galloway decided to develop injury-free training programs for runners, which consist of a run/walk technique over long distances. Since that time, Galloway has authored several books and numerous articles in Runner's World on the technique, and has coached his system to over 200,000 runners and walkers.

You'll get to hear about his program this week when Run Wild Missoula (RWM) presents a book signing and talk with Galloway that aims to give you the tools, and confidence, to complete a half or full-marathon using his tried-and-true method. Here's something else you should know: If you dig Galloway's talk, you'll have a chance to learn his technique in-depth during RWM's "Jeff Galloway Run/Walk Missoula Marathon Training Class," which begins on Jan. 23 and meets until the Missoula Marathon on July 10.

click to enlarge CHAD HARDER

Runner Jeff Galloway signs copies of his books and presents a talk on Tue., Jan. 18, at 7 PM at the Wilma Theatre. Free. Visit runwildmissoula.org.

THURSDAY JANUARY 13

Runners can stretch it all out during Run Wild Missoula's Yoga for Runners, a course that includes stretching, strengthening and balancing poses aimed to complement all the running you do each week, which meets at 6 PM every Thu. (except March 17) until April 7 at Runner's Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave. $87/$78 Run Wild Missoula members. Visit runwildmissoula.org to register.

FRIDAY JANUARY 14

Keep it green and shred on the cheap when Bozeman's Bridger Bowl, 15795 Bridger Canyon Road, celebrates its 56th birthday with $15 lift tickets if you carpool to the ski area with three or more riders in your car. Visit bridgerbowl.com for more info and call 587-2111.

SATURDAY JANUARY 15

Slide and glide around up north with avians in your scope when the Flathead Audubon hosts a morning of cross-country skiing in Glacier National Park, starting with an 8 AM meet up at the trailhead near the concession barn on Apgar Lookout Road. Free, but a park pass/fee is required for entrance into the park. Call Steve at 892-7406 to RSVP, and visit flatheadaudubon.org.

Hit the trail with your favorite mountaineers when Tom Hanou of the Rocky Mountaineers embarks on a hike up Kootenai Creek, beginning at 9 AM at the trailhead. Free. E-mail Tom at thanou@aol.com or call 360-3564 to arrange transportation. Visit rockymountaineers.com.

Hurl your booty over to the Queen City for Helena's HURL Fat Ass 50k, a race that features one 31-mile loop—and includes an ascent of 2,400 feet on snowpacked, icy or dirt roads—starting at 9 AM at 815 11th Ave. in Helena. Those less inclined for the full race can participate in the two-person Half-Ass Relay, or the multi-person Skinny Ass Relay. The race is free, but organizers note you won't have any aid or support along the race. E-mail mpmiller@yahoo.com or ring 459-6296.

Get the good word on birds when the Five Valleys Audubon Society leads a beginning birding field trip, which covers basic bird ID, including use of binoculars and field guides, starting at 10 AM at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, 4567 Wildfowl Lane, outside of Stevensville. Free. Families and children are welcome. Call Larry at 549-5632 and visit fvamissoula.org.

Enjoy a bloody mary or three while watching slick skiers bust out wicked tricks during Snowbowl's Northern Division Freestyle Competition, a three-day event that begins at 10:45 AM on Sat. and features seasoned powderhounds trying their hand at United States Ski and Snowboard Association-sanctioned mogul, freestyle and jumping competitions. Free to watch. Get details on how to sign up to shred by visiting ndfreestyle.com/?do=schedule or by calling Paulette at 880-4988.

SUNDAY JANUARY 16

Run until you're out of sweat when Bozeman's Big Sky Wind Drinkers present the 36th Andy Blank Free One Hour Run, a race where you run as far as you can in an hour, starting at 1 PM at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on the campus of Montana State University. Free, but bring your own lapcounter. Visit winddrinkers.org.

TUESDAY JANUARY 18

Any and all women who want to hike in the company of their fellow XX chromosome holders are hereby invited to a Ladies' Hike Group that meets every Tue. and Thu. at 4 PM in Missoula. Contact Rissa at simpleretreat@yahoo.com to find out meeting locations and to finalize plans.

THURSDAY JANUARY 20

Figure out where you are or where you want to be when trekking it in the woods when REI MIssoula presents its "GPS Basics" class, which features info on GPS setup, capturing and navigating waypoints, and working with coordinates, starting at 6:30 PM at REI, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. RSVP quickly by visiting rei.com/stores/72.

Learn how to deal with the elements when it's really freaking cold outside when the Swan Ecosystem Center hosts the program "Winter Survival with David Cronenwett," a presentation that features info on winter survival skills that includes outdoor demos starting at 7 PM at the U.S. Forest Service Work Center in Condon, 6887 Hwy. 83. $10 per person/$20 per family. RSVP by Jan. 13 by calling 754-3137.

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